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Mitt Romney’s tax returns have been a topic of discussion ever since he announced his campaign for president, and now they may have been stolen. The Secret Service announced Wednesday (Sept. 5) that an investigation into claims that the 65-year-old’s tax information was compromised during a break-in at his accounting office in Franklin, Tenn.

The firm received an anonymous letter demanding $1 million to keep the documents under wraps.

Despite the federal inquiry into the alleged theft, Romney’s accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers denies that anything was stolen. “At this time there is no evidence that our systems have been compromised or that there was any unauthorized access to the data in question,” said a spokesperson for the company.

Last month an anonymous posting appeared online stating that the documents were taken by a hacker, who threatened to expose the findings by Sept. 1, if the ransom was not paid.

The former governor’s campaign has refused to comment on the reports, and referred any further financial correspondence to the accountants.

Romney has been accused of trying to hide the truth behind why he paid such a small amount in taxes, on income above $20 million. Suspicious actions like not releasing more than two years of tax information, further embedded the theory that he is not being completely truthful. As a rebuttal, Romney said that he paid the government “at least” 13 percent of his annual salary.


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